Investor Protection Takes Center Stage

Financial Planners to Take Their Agenda to ‘The Hill’ During the 4th Annual FPA Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

DENVER, May 25, 2017 – With investor protection taking center stage in recent deliberations among federal policymakers and legislators, there is an ongoing need to educate those forming policies that protect consumers to hear directly from financial planning professionals.

In a continuing effort to engage those policymakers, the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) will convene members from across the country in Washington, D.C. for the 4th Annual FPA Advocacy Day on June 21, 2017.

A vital component of FPA’s overall advocacy strategy, FPA Advocacy Day presents a unified voice of Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professionals during a day-long series of meetings with Members of Congress and leaders on financial services committees. Discussions will center on those issues of great importance to the planning community and serve as a catalyst for positioning FPA as a force on national policy matters.

Call To Advocacy

“FPA is a respected and recognized advocacy group at the state and federal levels thanks to the passionate voice of the CFP® community among our membership,” says 2017 FPA President Shannon J. Pike, CFP®. “Our Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. provides our members with an important opportunity to educate and advocate for current and proposed legislation that impacts the profession and those served by the financial planning community.”

Over the past three years, FPA members engaged in meetings with Representatives, Senators and leaders of the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Banking Committee. Additionally, members of the FPA Board of Directors have met with key leaders of the White House Business Council, National Economic Council, as well as regulators to discuss policy issues.

All participants will take part in a training program before the event to help them prepare for meetings with lawmakers and will also participate in a half-day symposium on June 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. where they will take part in two sessions:

  • Strategies for Making Your CFP® Certification Valuable to Potential Clients.
  • What You Need to Know to Comply with the U.S. Department of Labor Conflict of Interest Rule, which will feature ERISA experts Mercer Bullard, Ron Rhoades, and Marcia Wagner.

“We take our role in helping legislators understand the importance of advancing our profession very seriously and we have established terrific relationships in Washington, D.C. over the past three years. Our voice is crucial to advocating on behalf of all financial planners,” added Pike.

Registration for the 4th Annual FPA Advocacy Day is now open for all FPA members at



The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the principal professional organization for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) professionals, educators, financial services professionals and students who seek advancement in a growing, dynamic profession. Through a collaborative effort to provide more than 23,000 members with OneConnectionTM to tools and resources for professional development, business success, advocacy and community, FPA is the indispensable force in the advancement of today’s CFP® professional. Learn more about FPA at and follow on Twitter at